17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Palma de Mallorca, Majorca
Fly:  21​h 30​min
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
Carate
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
San Jose
— 1 night
shuttle:  2​h
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Cano Negro
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Rincon de La Vieja
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Palma de Mallorca, Majorca

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
On the 15th (Sun), get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Poas Volcano National Park vacation planner.

Palma de Mallorca, Spain to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Palma de Mallorca to Poas Volcano National Park is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Palma de Mallorca in April, expect Poas Volcano National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 35°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Manuel Antonio.

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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

4
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, nightlife, nature, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, whizz through the canopy at MidWorld Costa Rica, and look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio travel itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Manuel Antonio in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Carate.

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Carate

Carate
To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Carate trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Carate in 5.5 hours. On the 20th (Fri), you'll travel to San Jose.

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1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then stop by Kiosco San Jose. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional).

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Jose sightseeing planner.

Drive from Carate to San Jose in 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tortuguero.

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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
River Rafting & Tubing
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 22nd (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Tortuguero takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cano Negro.

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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
night
Cano Negro

Cano Negro ©
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cano Negro trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tortuguero to Cano Negro. In April, daily temperatures in Cano Negro can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in Cano Negro

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Side Trip

Bio Thermales Hot Springs
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Bio Thermales Hot Springs ©
Bio Thermales Hot Springs

2
nights
Rincon de La Vieja

Rincon de La Vieja ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rincon de La Vieja holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cano Negro to Rincon de La Vieja takes 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Cano Negro in April, with highs in Rincon de La Vieja at 41°C and lows at 26°C. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

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Side Trip

Rincon de La Vieja National Park
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park

3
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Monteverde is known for adventure, wildlife, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas).

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Rincon de La Vieja to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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